On what were its footings set,1 or who laid its cornerstone2--
while the morning stars3 sang together4 and all the angels5 shouted for joy?6
"Who shut up the sea behind doors7 when it burst forth from the womb,8
when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness,9
when I fixed limits for it10 and set its doors and bars in place,11
when I said, 'This far you may come and no farther;12 here is where your proud waves halt'?13
"Have you ever given orders to the morning,14 or shown the dawn its place,15
that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked16 out of it?17
The earth takes shape like clay under a seal;18 its features stand out like those of a garment.
The wicked are denied their light,19 and their upraised arm is broken.20
"Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?21
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